- to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
- to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
- to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.
Origin of encourage
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1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.
1. discourage, dishearten.
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Examples from the Web for encouraged
States were encouraged and allowed to lower standards to make it appear they were improving.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
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The feminist movement has encouraged women that they can initiate romantic relationships, too.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
His belief that officers really did find his fingerprints at the scene seems to have encouraged his false confession.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
She says her family encouraged her to join and she, in turn, encouraged her own children.Embedding With the Women Who Are Kicking ISIS Ass
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Only 7.6 percent of victims were encouraged by BJU staff to report their abuse to the police.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
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Encouraged by the shouts of the multitude, who were crying to Cleon, "Why don't you go and do it?"Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
I encouraged him to so on, and we drank together, until he let me into his whole plan.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Be encouraged by recollecting who observes and who can repay you.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
It is too apt to govern itself by what a bold spirit is encouraged to expect of it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Pasta, on hearing her sing, encouraged her, and recommended a teacher.Heroes of the Telegraph
- to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
- to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
Word Origin and History for encouraged
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